OBMI begins work on the new Waldorf Astoria Antigua
OBMI has been assigned the project of the new Waldorf Astoria Antigua. Set to open in 2020, it will be Waldorf Astoria’s first new-build resort in the Caribbean. Located in Callaloo Cay, OBMI is responsible for master planning, concept design, and architecture, under the leadership of Doug Kulig, OBMI CEO; Carina Harney-Rogerson, OBMI Managing Director Antigua; and Herick Wolfgang Rodriguez, Senior Design Associate.
The hotel, positioned on the South-East coast of the island, will be a short 20-minute drive from the airport. It will cover 30 acres of prime beachfront plus an additional 5 acres, which will be a National Park for local residents and guests. It will have 120 rooms, 24 villas, a world-class spa, and a plethora of waterside dining options, and multi-use spaces. Offering breathtaking views of the bay and hills, its elegant design, upscale amenities, and Waldorf Astoria level service; it’s being designed to embody Antigua’s unique landscape, culminating in an unforgettable island experience. In the words of T.A. Vanderslice, Global Head of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, “it will set a new standard of Caribbean luxury.”
“From a design point of view, we’re going for something contemporary, simple, that respects the island’s identity, topography, and climate. For example, we’re going to have a lot of open spaces, taking full advantage of Antigua’s climate,” said Herick Wolfgang Rodriguez, OBMI Senior Design Associate. In terms of location, the top of the hill is the crown jewel of the property, which will work as a “giant living room” for guests, a place they will want to come back to. It will be comprised of public areas, restaurants, reception, Peacock Alley®, and panoramic views of the ocean. The guestrooms will be located near the beach, with an ocean view from each one and the Wellness Center will sit as its own oasis at the middle of the property site, easily accessed by hotel guests and day guests who are Spa clients. Away from other areas, the Spa will be its own sanctuary, as well as a central point of access to other wings of the hotel. There will also be Spa Suites, which will differ somewhat from the other guestrooms. Another differentiating point is the assimilation of an old sugar mill ruin into the hotel, adding some of the old to the new. Overall, design-wise, it will be warm earth tone contemporary with an indoor/outdoor connectivity, for a seamless blended experience.
OBMI is a firm of well-seasoned masters of vernacular architecture, with a deep expertise designing for the world’s most storied destinations. With a local team in Antigua, responsible for several hospitality projects and private residences of varying sizes and complexity, OBMI is thrilled in being a key part of this impressive project. For more information and news on further developments, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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